Cute as a Button

Updated: Dec 30, 2018

To me, this time for year makes me just want to snuggle up with a cup of hot tea, and knit SO MANY cozy winter things! If you are a fellow fiber nerd, you may find you need a button or two for your projects on occasion.

And I happen to know just the thing to finish up that warm fuzzy woolen cowl you just crocheted-- polymer clay of course!

Polymer is my go-to for making my own buttons because you have so many options! If you are missing a button, you can color-match it the existing buttons and fill in the gaps. You can make your own costume and match a specific style or time period. You can save money and time by skipping the fabric store findings aisle altogether! Plus it's really fun.

Hey-- if something can solve a practical problem, but look super cute while doing it, I'm all about that! ;)

Here's some quick tips for making polymer buttons:

You can use a brooch or pendant backing as a button as-is (depending on the style) Like a shank button. This works well if you don't want your thread to disrupt your forward-facing button art. Depending on the placement of the backing, you may need to make an off-center buttonhole, like this one.

You can craft faux-antique bone looking toggle-style button. (roll a cylinder, pierce it with two holes, then widen the holes to the size you need) This is one of my favorites-- it's so quick and really pumps up that rustic coziness aesthetic for winter.

For a fantastic faux-bone method check out Christi's "Catch of the Day" scrimshaw project.

You can even take an old favorite polymer piece (maybe even a broken or unfinished one) and drill holes into it to make a button! I'm using a hand drill below, but you can also use electric of course as well-- just be extra careful!

With the holidays coming up, I see an excellent opportunity to try out all of these ideas! (psst, check out for awesome quickie knitted and crocheted gift ideas)

Polymer is, IMHO, the best mixed-media medium-- it's fast, cheap, and it goes with everything. What cool buttons can YOU make with polymer?

Happy crafting!


Michelle and baby Wellington

Michelle Friesen is a graphic designer and birth doula living in Southern California with some people you may know. Namely, the infamous Wellington Friesen.. oh, yeah, and Christi and Ray too. ;) She loves all things arts and crafts.

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